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Basic Brittany Information

  • Lifespan: 12 - 13 years
  • Height: 18 - 21 inches
  • Weight: 30 - 40 pounds

Medical Conditions Seen in Brittanys

Brittany Traits

  • Joggin Partner
  • Lap Dog
  • Good with Children
  • Warm Weather
  • Cold Weather
  • Grooming Requirements
  • Shedding
  • Barking
  • Ease of Training

Brittany History

  • In the mid 1800s, French sportsmen in the Bretagne region of France crossed spaniels with setters from England. These setters probably were related to, but not the same as, today's English Setters.
  • The resulting dogs were excellent woodcock dogs, both pointing and retrieving. Not only were they popular with the gentry, but poachers liked them because they were obedient and versatile.
  • Many of these dogs were tailless or stub-tailed.
  • The Brittany came to North America around 1925. Initially, sportsmen had a hard time accepting them because of their short tails, but their field trial abilities soon put an end to any problems of acceptance. The dogs were so good at field trials that they became the most popular pointing dog at competitive events.
  • The AKC recognized them as the Brittany spaniel in 1934.
  • In 1982, the name was changed to simply Brittany, because the dog's hunting style is more setter-like than spaniel-like. It is a pointing dog, not a flushing dog.

Brittany Behavior Concerns

  • Makes an energetic and adventurous companion.
  • Very good with children.
  • Eager to please and quick to learn, overall a biddable dog.
  • Somewhat independent.
  • Does best with reward-based training involving food.
  • Very outgoing toward strangers.
  • Gets along well with other pets and dogs.
  • Enjoys retrieving and swimming.

Brittany Suggested Exercises

  • Makes a fairly calm housedog if given adequate exercise.
  • Requires daily exercise in the form of a long walk, jog or energetic games.
  • This is not a breed for lazy people.
  • Hunting and retrieving are favored activities.
  • A good candidate for dog parks.
  • Obedience training is essential not only for control, but for the mental exercise it provides.

Brittany Grooming

  • Coat is of medium length, either flat or wavy.
  • The coat needs brushing and combing one or two times a week.
  • Shedding is average.

Suggested Brittany Nutritional Needs

  • Brittanys tend to stay in good weight or to be slightly overweight.
  • Adult dogs should be fed a balanced diet, with restricted calories if the dog starts to gain too much weight.
  • Puppies should be fed a balanced a puppy food.

Did you know?

  • Grapes and raisins are harmful to dogs.
  • Some dog parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your dog.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

Manhattan Veterinary Group is open Monday through Friday 8AM-7PM, Saturday and Sunday 9AM-5PM. If your pet has a medical emergency during our hospital’s hours, please telephone us immediately at 212-988-1000. Our experienced team of veterinarians, technicians and assistants are here to help you and your pet.

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Manhattan Veterinary Group
240 East 80th Street
New York, NY 10075

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If your pet is experiencing a medical emergency when our hospital is closed, you may take your pet to either of following veterinary emergency hospitals in our vicinity:

Animal Medical Center
510 E. 62nd Street
New York, NY 10065
212- 838-8100
Open 24/7/365

Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists
One West 15th Street (off 5th Avenue)
New York, NY 10011
Open 24/7/365